The conference brought together more than 150 solar stakeholders who discussed opportunities in the local solar industry, the future of renewable energy sources and needs and issues in the Tennessee Valley before Dykes and the City of Lebanon were recognized as 2018 Solar Champions for their commitment to solar investment.
“TenneSEIA is proud to present our Solar Champion award to the City of Lebanon and Jeff Dykes, who both exhibited an extraordinary commitment to deploying solar energy,” TenneSEIA President Matt Beasley said in a news release.
Dykes was notably recognized for his role in creating the 40-acre solar farm near Jonesborough and “for his leadership in innovation in community solar and providing value-added services to BrightRidge customers through persistence, partnership and collaboration to create a replicable community solar model.”
In August, officials with BrightRidge, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Silicon Ranch Corp said the solar plant — projected to be completed by 2019 — would be the first solar-power production plant of its kind in Northeast Tennessee.
“We are near the oldest town in Tennessee, and we are about to dedicate one of the newest forms of energy technology out there,” Dykes said at the August groundbreaking.
The Johnson City Press was unable to immediately reach Dykes Wednesday for comment.